This Spring, San Diego City College men's and women's cross country runners have been competing as an unofficial track club in events around San Diego.
On Saturday, Ismael Fernandez competed in the men's 1500m at the UCSD Triton Invitational and placed fourth overall in heat seven with a time of 4:27.32. This was his first competition on the track ever.
The Knights completed their season by finishing sixth place overall at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships, held at Southwestern College on Friday. The Knights recorded a season- best team time (combination of the top five scorers' time) and saw several runners achieve personal bests on the day.
In the second race of the season at the Southern California Preview, the Knights were once again led by sophomore Kelsey Engler who ran a personal best of 25:21 for 35th place.
The Knights fielded a team of six women who braved the near 90 degree heat to place ninth overall at the Palomar Invitational on Friday.
The San Diego City College women's cross country team finished fourth out of six teams at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships. It was the Knights' best finish of the season.
The SDCC women's cross country team earned a 5th place finish at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships and also qualified for the CCCAA Southern California championships.
The Knights matched their best finish of the season by taking 3rd place at the San Diego Invitational on Friday. Andrea Villalpando was the Knights' top finisher (6th), completing the 5K-course at Mission Bay Park in 21:51.
Villalpando was joined by three other Knights in the top 20. Maudelyn Price (11th) finished with a time of 22:37, followed by Angela Taina (13th) in 23:08, and Vianney Kugler (17th) in 23:35.
The Knights opened the 2012 season at the Cuyamaca Invitational, a 5,000-meter race, on September 1 and finished in third place with two runners in the top 10.
Maudelyn Price, a freshman from Jackson, Calif., finished in ninth place with a time of 24:24.0 and Andrea Villalpando, a freshman from San Diego, Calif., claimed the 10th spot with the same time as Price.
SDCC finished third out of four teams with a total of 61 points. Cuyamaca took the first with 26 points.
The women's cross country team had its best outing of the season at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday as the Knights finished in fourth place.